Aiaa hampton Roads Section Middle School Essay Contest

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AIAA Hampton Roads Section Middle School Essay Contest
Welcome to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Hampton Roads Section (HRS) Middle School Essay Contest. This contest is open to all middle school students in Hampton Roads.

One (1) prize will be awarded to the top essay submitted. The winner will receive a grant to attend the Virginia Space Flight Academy, a space camp offered near NASA Wallops Flight Facility (WFF). More information about the camp can be found at The grant will cover the cost, including lodging, meals, classroom materials and a t-shirt (transportation to and from the camp is the responsibility of the winner).

The campers have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at WFF where they get an up close look at the United States rocketry program, in partnerships with NASA, NOAA and the US Navy. In addition campers build and launch several types of model rockets and work in teams of two or three to build and program robots using Lego© Mindstorms© NXT systems. Campers will gain firsthand experience in aerospace careers in an atmosphere designed to fuel enthusiasm. Campers will also fly cross-country using a flight simulator, engineer a simulated rocket launch in a NASA mission control room, visit departments at WFF to learn their role in launching rockets into space and tour the Navy Aegis Acquisition Center, NOAA and Virginia Commercial Space Flight launch facilities.

Camp is on the campus of the Marine Science Consortium, adjacent to the WFF main gate. Students are housed in dorms and eat most meals at the WFF Cafeteria.

Name: __________________________________________ Date: ________________

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Phone Number: (_____) _____-________ Email: _____________________________________

School: __________________________ Grade (circle one): 6 7 8 Birthday: ___/___/___


  1. Students must be no younger than 11 and no older than 15 during the summer of 2012

  2. Students should fill out all of the information above

  3. Students will write an essay on the subject listed below with a minimum length of 500 words and a maximum length of 1000 words.

  4. Essays will be judged on creativity, content and grammar/organization.

  5. A parent or legal guardian must read, acknowledge and sign the special notes section below.

  6. Submissions must be received by 5:00 pm, March 16th, 2012.

  7. All decision of AIAA HRS are final

Essay: If you could design any Space mission, what would it be and why would you pick that?

(500-1000 words – please attach on a separate page)
Special Note to parents or legal guardians:

Please read the following statements and sign to acknowledge the information.

I understand that:

  1. The essay contest winner will receive a grant for the cost of 1 week of Space Camp at NASA Wallops Island, a value of $795. This includes tuition, food and lodging and a t-shirt, but does not include the cost of transportation to or from the camp session. The winners will be responsible for providing their own transportation. The winner will also be responsible for any incidental costs incurred during the week. AIAA HRS is not responsible or liable for anything other than providing the grant for the 2012 week of space camp.

  2. The student must be between no younger than 11 and no older than 15 during the 2012 summer.

  3. The scholarship is for a 1-week summer 2012 session of the Space Camp at Wallops Island and cannot be applied to any other activity or year. The scholarship will be paid directly to the Virginia Space Flight Academy.

Name: ____________________________________________ Date: _______________

Signature: _________________________________________
Essays should be submitted to Karen Berger at or AIAA HRS, P.O. BOX 7392, Hampton, Virginia, 23666

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